Preface by Martyn Carruthers
David Marsden brought mystery and magic into lives made sterile by
technology. Many people claim to heal the symptoms that David described
here. Some healers and energy workers claim to help people with
psychic attacks and foreign energies.
Psychotherapists can be territorial about this, while
physicians and psychiatrists who supply expensive psychoactive drugs may criticize practitioners of natural medicine
and alternative therapies.
Spirit Possession: Thoughtforms, Entities & Attachments
- Are you possessed?
- What is spirit possession?
- What are entities and attachments?
- How can you resolve them - forever?
This article is based on my experience with many people who
believed that they were possessed and/or who showed symptoms
similar to those ascribed to demon or spirit possession. See
While I have experimented with esoteric and spiritual
remedies for possession, for some years I have used the Soulwork
methods developed by Martyn Carruthers. This approach to
esoteric phenomena helped me manage many cases of spirit possession
- which Martyn calls
identification, entanglements and
Are you Possessed?
Do you sometimes feel that you are not
yourself, or that something seems to take over your mind and your body? Do
you find yourself doing things that you don't want to do - and you cannot
resist? Do you find that you cannot make yourself do some things that you
want to do?
Classic Symptoms of Demon Possession
A victim of possession may mostly feel and appear normal. Only
when a demon is in residence is its presence detectable. The
following skills or symptoms are considered by many people to suggest
or indicate demonic possession:
- supernatural abilities
- unnatural charisma - e.g. cult leaders
- addictions - alcohol, drugs, gambling etc
- greed - e.g. intense need for power or money
- sexual perversion
- e.g. homosexuality & unsanctioned sexual activity
- violence - extreme cruelty; e.g. torturers,
serial killers and serial arsonists
Although a demon may not manifest itself openly, a
possessed person's behavior may reveal patterns such as violence, lust,
greed, rage, pride and/or an unnatural ability to persuade. (Symptoms of
mental diseases such as epilepsy and schizophrenia were often
described as demonic.)
Catholic Exorcism & Rituale Romanum (written in
A Catholic exorcist priest needs the permission of
a bishop and is usually assisted by at least three other people. One is
often a younger priest and another is often a medical doctor, as an
exorcist cannot offer a victim medication.
Before an exorcism, the priest should confess and be
absolved of all sins (which a demon may try to use against him). The
priest dresses in a surplice and a purple stole. Required prayers
include the Litanies of the Saints, the Pater Noster
(Lord's Prayer), and the 54th Psalm.
An exorcist calls upon a demon or spirit to leave the
person in peace. As scriptures are read, the sign of the cross is
repeatedly made, and hands may be laid on the victim. The exorcist priest
asks Christ to help and protect the person until
the demon leaves.
But exorcism is not very useful if a person clings
to the possessing entity ... which seems to be rather common.
What is spirit possession?
Many symptoms ascribed to possession and
attachments originate in relationships. These symptoms can
represent withheld emotions from your relationships - past and
present. Perhaps you created these emotions during crisis, depression,
anxiety or during alcohol or substance abuse.
Entangled relationships are
usually with a family member or partner - living or dead - in which
you or they withheld strong feelings such as anger, love, hate, fear,
jealousy or a sense of injustice. Each time that you withhold or hide
your emotions, you empower entanglements
and bonds - you make them stronger.
A sense of attachment may linger long after a betrayed
agreement. You may recall hearing or saying, "I will look after
you", "We will stay together forever",
"Please don't abandon me", or "I will get you for
this - you sun-of-a-beach". There are endless ways to break promises.
The most toxic enmeshments usually concern people
with whom you cannot balance wrongs, for example, dead
family members (the most toxic include suicides and abortions).
And you may represent a toxic entanglement for people that you
have abandoned or betrayed. Does a past lover or business partner
feel betrayed by you?
Are you entangled with a person that you never met? Perhaps
an uncle who died in a war; a parent's affair-partner,
a grandparent who committed suicide before you were
born; or an aborted sibling?
Resolve Fixations & Entanglements
- When did this start in your life?
Did you change a relationship?
- What do YOU feel about it? What
does the fixation cause you to feel?
- Stay alert and relaxed; determine
why you cannot achieve certain goals
- Does an entanglement cause you to
have problems with certain people?
- Does an enmeshment
distract you? Does it make you withdrawn or difficult?
If you betrayed a partner, that attachment may interfere with your
desire to love, and accept love from, a new partner. If a new partner
triggers the entanglement that now damages your relationship, if you
may not have fully ended your previous relationship.
It may seem easy to blame some esoteric agency for your lack of love.
But if you caused a person to experience pain or suffering, then an
entanglement may transfer these feelings to you, until you
deal with your damage to the other person.
Dissolving entanglements and bonds is not possible
without adequate resources, support and experience. It is not easy work.
Nice smells, crystals, colors or affirmations may offer short-term relief - we
can provide lasting results.
Dissolving fixations and relationship bonds can be complicated by
promises and agreements. For example, if you left a partner who was
faithful to you, dissolving your entanglement may be more difficult
than leaving someone who betrayed you.
Be aware of curses, spells and other
forms of hypnosis or suggestion which can strongly
influence you. If your life has areas in which you cannot seem to
function or in which you seem to be unlucky,
then implanted curses may still be influencing you.
Exorcism, Obsessions & Relationship Bonds
Some exorcists promise lasting benefits
yet provide (at best) short term results. Their techniques
may dissociate negative emotions, but you may get no lasting
benefit. It seems that the living cling to the dead, not vice versa.
Identifying with a dead person makes sense at a systemic level
of intelligence that is different to logical thinking.
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